Liverpool will be looking for revenge when they play Manchester City on Wednesday (3pm ET on NBCSN) at Anfield after losing the Capital One Cup final to the Citizens on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men fell behind early in the second half via Fernandinho’s goal but Philippe Coutinho equalized seven minutes from time to send the game into extra-time.
With the scores still level after 120 minutes, it was penalties that decided the affair. Willy Caballero was the hero for City after three penalty saves sealed the League Cup win for the second time in three seasons.
All attention will return to the Premier League on Wednesday as City aim to keep their title hopes alive after consecutive defeats in their last two league matches.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men desperately need a win against Liverpool to avoid falling farther behind in the title race or dropping out of the top four altogether which could spell disaster for City.
Liverpool on the other hand can drop into the bottom half of the table if they fail to win. The top four is all but gone for Klopp’s side will at least want to finish the season on a high note.
KEY STAT: Liverpool have won three and lost one of the last four meetings between the sides.
Manuel Pellegrini is expected to name an unchanged lineup to the side that started the Cup final at Wembley with the exception of Caballero who will make way for Joe Hart.
Mamadou Sakho is the only player expected to drop out of the starting XI for Liverpool after he was hauled off after sustaining a head injury in the last game and will be replaced by Kolo Toure. Martin Skrtel may be fit enough to return for the hosts but if he isn’t, Lucas will continue at center-back.